Friday, November 22, 2013

Axiom 43: Serendipity Through Meditation

"Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace." -Bhagavad Gita

"Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
-Swami Sivananda

Many successful people meditate. Steve Jobs meditated. Many large companies in silicon valley now have meditation rooms. Meditation is no longer a religious activity or some obscure backroom hobby - it has gone mainstream. So, should you try it?

For one, meditation offers you a stress-free release from the world. It allows you to clear your mind, relax, and gain mental clarity and control. It teaches you to block out the useless noise in our modern world.

Some of the other side-effects may not be noticed for weeks. Solutions to problems may just come to you as you get use to clearing your mind to focus in a different way. You may notice that the things at work that use to stress you out no longer bother you.

It all sounds great, right? So how do you meditate?

Here are a few beginner guidelines:
  • Block out about 30 minutes 2-3 times a week to start.
  • Find a quiet spot where you can comfortably sit up straight on the floor with your legs crossed.
  • Buy a meditation music soundtrack from Itunes to listen to while you meditate.
  • Close your eyes, have controlled deep-breathing, and clear your mind.
You must remember to totally clear your mind. Try not to think about anything. It can be really hard starting out to do this but practice will improve this. Just focus on your breathing and concentrate on the area between your two eyes - this helps keep the mind clear.

Try meditating for at least one month and judge the results for yourself. You should find that your overall stress and problem solving skills will improve.